Frequently Asked Questions
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Responsibility for Hudson Valley Traveler rests with the
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) in association with the
New York State Police (NYSP).
The NYSDOT and NYSP control the Hudson Valley Traveler program. They take
guidance from federal policy, local political and emergency service
leaders and the public. Comments sent to this web site go to the
The program is funded by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)
and New York State Police (NYSP).
The operating hours for the control center are 24/7 (7 days a week/24 hours a day).
The signs are to provide motorists with
information regarding traffic conditions. Generally, public
service messages are not accepted for display. If such requests
are received, the Policy Team reviews them.
No - it is difficult to monitor a single
vehicle. The cameras are used to monitor the roadways and verify
incidents. The Radars are used to monitor traffic flow and
identify incidents. Our job is the macro, not micro-management of
traffic - we are not an enforcement organization.
No - the Policy Team has made the decision that we will not record camera images.
This web site has been tested for use with Netscape 6.0+ and Internet Explorer
5.0+ web browsers. You will need a computer and monitor that can display 256 colors or
more. Also you should be aware that an Microsoft' Windows' Media Player ActiveX
components will be downloaded to all Windows based computers using Netscape Navigator
in order to view video from our traffic cameras. These components are provided with
the Internet Explorer
browser software. If this is not working on
your computer, try lowering your browser security settings. If you are still
having problems, try manually downloading the control.
When Windows Media Player starts to receive a stream, Windows
Media Player fills a data buffer on your computer before rendering the
video. Filling a data buffer provides a surplus amount of data for
rendering during brief periods of network congestion. When network
congestion occurs, causing bandwidth to fall bellow the bit rate of a
stream, data in the buffer ensures continuous playback. If network
bandwidth improves and is greater than the bit rate of the content, the
buffer refills. If network congestion is heavy and the buffer becomes
depleted, the player enters a "buffering" state, and rendering stops
until the buffer refills.
An end user can change the amount of time that Windows Media Player
buffers by selecting BUFFER and entering a different value in seconds of
data. A higher value increases the tolerance to network slow downs. A
lower value decreases the time it takes to begin rendering content. The
default buffering time of three seconds is suitable for most situations,
and end users should not have to change it unless frequent re-buffering
occurs during playback, in which case the value should be increased by a
Yes, select the "Interactive Map" button from the home page or "Interactive Map"
tab from any of the other web pages, then select the "Camera Snapshots" box
on the right side of the page and press the "Select Layers" button.
The Hudson Valley Traveler system is being built and installed incrementally. As funding becomes
available the folks that control the Hudson Valley Traveler program
will assess traffic patterns and expand the Hudson Valley Traveler project accordingly.
Hudson Valley Traveler is actively working with the New York State Police who
have the primary responsibility for implementing the "AMBER" Child Abduction Alert program
statewide. Hudson Valley Traveler operates under the direction of the New York
State Department of Transportation in association with the New York State Police
and New York State Thruway Authority, and local public safety agencies. Hudson
Valley Traveler will provide any and all assistance requested by these agencies
to promote the safety of the community.